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Grants and Scholarships

Grants and Scholarships

Who would say “no” to free money? 

The opportunity to study abroad may come around once in a lifetime. While it offers students the chance to expand their personal and academic horizons, we understand that finances play a major role in the decision-making process. With that in mind, St. John’s offers substantial grants to make semester-length study abroad more affordable. These grants are based entirely on need and eligible students can receive up to $6,000 in additional aid against the $8,290 program fee in order to make their international education dreams a reality – without the financial burden. Students will be notified of their eligibility via paper letter and e-mail twice per academic year.

Scholarship Opportunities  

The links below highlight application-based scholarship opportunities, but you should think of your existing St. John’s financial aid—and any additional study abroad grants you’d receive toward a semester abroad—as the “base” for determining how much study abroad will really cost you and your family. For further information, including making a direct comparison between studying abroad and studying in NYC, please contact our colleague in the Office of Student Financial Services: Kayon McKenzie. If you're a veteran interested in studying abroad, please contact Amy Park.

Students from other U.S. universities should also contact their home institution's financial aid office, as well as our Visiting Student pages, for specific information on the type of aid available to each individual.

The Institute of International Education's (IIE) Study Abroad Funding website has a database to help students discover more study abroad program and scholarship opportunities. Students in search of more funding should dedicate some time to researching more opportunities.

Go Overseas Scholarship

Go Overseas, a listing and reviews website for programs abroad, offers $500 scholarships for students planning to study or intern abroad.  For more information and application instructions, as well as helpful tips to approaching scholarship applicatons, please visit the Go Overseas website

Institute of International Education - scholarship search engine

The Institute for International Education offers a great search engine for finding scholarships based on your location of study or your area of academic focus.

WSA Cultural Bridge Scholarship

In order to facilitate life-changing international experiences, WSA has created the Cultural Bridge Scholarship to allow students the incredible, enriching opportunity to study abroad in Europe. Each semester, scholarships will be awarded to students who demonstrate strong passion and motivation for international education.

Scholarship recipients will be awarded $500 USD in funds toward their semester abroad. All American undergraduate students with plans to study abroad in Europe are encouraged to apply. WSA Europe will award scholarships based on financial need, passion, and merit.  For full details please visit the WSA website.

Order Sons of Italy in America

The Order Sons of Italy in America has awarded a range of merit-based scholarships in amounts from $4,000 to $25,000 throughout its history. Applicants must be of Italian descent and enrolled in a four-year undergraduate or a graduate program at an accredited academic institution.  

National Italian American Foundation

The National Italian American Foundation awards scholarships ranging from $2,500 to $12,000 to students who excel academically and have a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

There are two general categories for applicants:
  • Category I: Italian American students who demonstrate outstanding potential and high academic achievements. There are no specifications on applicants' area of study.
  • Category II: Students from any ethnic background who have a major or minor in Italian language, Italian studies, Italian American studies or a related field and who demonstrate both high academic achievement and outstanding potential.

Bridging Scholarship (Attention: Sophia Exchange Students)

The Bridging Scholarship program will award 75 scholarships to American students participating in study abroad programs in Japan that begin in Fall 2016. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent program in Japan are eligible to apply for these scholarships. Recipients will receive stipends of $2,500 or $4,000, depending on the length of their study program in Japan.

Click here for more details.

Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Attention: Sophia Exchange Students)

Created to assist U.S. students with demonstrated financial need and limited prior experience in East and Southeast Asia, Freeman-ASIA will fund approximately 400 students over the next two academic years, with awards ranging from $3,000 per student for summer study and $5,000 per semester, to a maximum of $7,000 for a full year abroad. 

Click here for more details.


The ItaliaRail Scholarship is for students studying in Italy. Students may apply for a $1,000 scholarship towards their study abroad program.

Hostelling International USA

Hostelling International USA (HI USA) is a non-profit, member organization founded on an enduring belief in the power of travel to foster a deeper understanding of people, places, and the world around. HI USA has created the Explore the World Travel Scholarship, which awards recipients $2,000 to help finance their international trip as long as they have an educational or service component to their itinerary. More information can be found on their website.

Applicants must be 18-30 years of age, permanent residents of the US and be a current Pell Grant recipient.   

LIVFund Scholarship

LIVFund was established in 2011 in order to recognize and proudly support study, internship and volunteer opportunities in Latin America.

LIVFund has been designed for anyone who wants to learn, intern or volunteer [LIV] in Latin America and is seeking financial assistance in order to offset program or living abroad expenses. Our goal is to help others get the most out of their experience abroad. LIVFund is excited to offer its scholarship in 21 countries including Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela. LIVFund will award two scholarships per month to selected recipients in the amount of $500 USD each. Additional eligibility requirements can be found on their website.

Applications are open year-round, beginning 6 months in advance of the candidate's program start date.

FlipKey Study Abroad Scholarship

At FlipKey values the importance of travel and cultural immersion as a way to learn about the world firsthand. To encourage this, they are awarding one student a $1,000 scholarship to put towards studying abroad. From tuition costs to plane tickets and spontaneous excursions in between, the scholarship money can be used to cover any of the expenses associated with studying and traveling abroad. Information on how to apply can be found on their website.

Brokerfish International Student Scholarship

BrokerFish wants to help students realize the life-changing impact that studying can have both personally and professionally. Their scholarship program is open to all full-time students and is designed to help save money during the academic year and help with a path toward a succesful future. For information on how to apply, please visit their website.

Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship

The Tortuga Backpacks Study Abroad Scholarship is awarded biannually to passionate students who want to explore the world. The scholarship may be used for tuition, room and board, books, or travel. Winners of the scholarship will receive $1,000 and a Tortuga backpack. Funds will be sent directly to the winner's study abroad program or university. In cases where this is not possible, alternative arrangements will be made. Additional information can be found on their website.

GoEuro European Study Abroad Scholarship

GoEuro's mission is to make travel easy by improving access to all towns and cities across Europe, whether it be by train, bus, or plane. GoEuro would like students to experience the best that Europe has to offer. To allow students to explore and travel the continent, GoEuro is offering a scholarship to financially assist international students with their studies.

The three individual scholarships that will be awarded are:
  • 1st place: €2000
  • 2nd place: €1500
  • 3rd place: €500
More information on how to apply can be found on their website.

AllTheRooms Study Abroad Scholarship

AllTheRooms is a travel company that is offering a $1000 scholarship for students traveling abroad. Applicants are required to submit a 600-800 word essay to be eligible.

More information can be found on their scholarship website.  

Funding Resources for Work, Intern, Volunteer & Research Abroad 

NAFSA: Association for International Educators provides a list of funding resources for students participating in all types of programs abroad.  We encourage you to read through each resource description to see how each award may apply to your own program abroad.

France on Campus Award

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy, in partnership with gofundme and with support from NAFSA: Association of International Educators (NAFSA), and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), has launched the third edition of the France on Campus Award to celebrate and support initiatives that explore France in new and creative ways.

The France on Campus Award 2017 is intended to help student organizations eager to launch or continue a major France-related project on campus by providing a unique package of funding, mentoring and networking. With this support, awardees will be expected to expose new audiences to France and French culture on their campus and beyond.

The Cultural Services will select ten winners to receive a unique package of networking, mentorship, and promotional support for their projects. The first and second place winners will also receive funding to implement their projects.
  • The first place winner will receive a grant of $2,000
  • The second place winner will receive a grant of $1,000

All ten winners will be invited to launch a fundraising campaign on gofundme and will receive the following benefits: mentorship support, promotional and networking support, an award certificate signed by the Ambassador of France to the United States, invitations to selected events organized by the French Embassy and/or consulates for one year.

Think out of the box and bring France to your campus!

Applications are open from October 1st to November 1st.

For more information and to apply, visit our website

The BackPackerCo

This scholarship is designed to help students who are passionate about traveling. 

To apply for this scholarship, students need to submit a personalized video of any destination where he/she has traveled. Applications will be judged on creativity & originality and the winner will be awarded $500 to be used towards their educational expense. All students over the age of 18 years and are currently enrolled in any School/University across the world, for any course/program are eligible for this scholarship.

For more information click here.

The Villa Escape Scholarship

This scholarship is designed to help students who are passionate about traveling. 

To apply for this scholarship, students need to submit a personalized video of any destination where he/she has traveled. Applications will be judged on creativity & originality and the winner will be awarded $500 to be used towards their educational expense. All students over the age 18 years and are currently enrolled in any School/University across the world, for any course/program are eligible for this scholarship.

For more information click here.